This is neat: A new free Android app called Viddit makes it possible to beam videos found on Reddit straight to any Chromecast-equipped TV. The app, which doesn’t require any type of registration, casts a continuous stream of videos from any Subreddit, with the ability to skip videos through a simple right-swipe. The developers of the app have said that they want to add the ability to log in with your Reddit account and automatically access your subscribed Subreddits in the near future.
Microsoft wants to give Windows Phone users a way to mirror their phone screen to the TV with a new dongle that just popped up in the FCC’s database. Read more »
Netflix has seen its traffic grow “at an incredible rate” since launching in the UK two years ago, according to local ISP Plusnet, whose Senior Product Specialist Dave Tomlinson detailed Netflix’s traffic patterns in a blog post Thursday. YouTube video streams still amount for more overall traffic on Plusnet’s network, according to Tomlinson, but Netflix sees a much higher spike in the afternoon and evening. That’s a good sign for Netflix’s international expansion: The streaming service is set to launch in six additional European countries next month.
Users of the ad-supported movie streaming site SnagFilms can now cast videos to their TVs, thanks to their use of the popular JW Player video player. Read more »
This is pretty cool: A few Netflix engineers integrated the streaming service’s connected TV app with Hue connected light bulbs from Philips to change the colors of your living room light based on the movie you’re watching. This is similar to a recent SyFy experiment with Sharknado, but in Netflix’s implementation, the light color even changes while you navigate through Netflix’s TV app queue. The integration was done as part of Netflix’s most recent hack day, where other teams built an Oculus Rift UI, a command line Netflix app and a mini player Chrome extension to binge while you’re working. Sadly, all of those hacks are internal, and may never become part of any actual products.
Want to stop paying $100 for TV a month, but still have access to live television from networks like ABC and CBS? This new antenna promises a cheap fix. Read more »
Netflix’s prison drama Orange is the New Black is resonating with file sharers worldwide, but the streaming company is still trailing traditional broadcasters when it comes to piracy levels. Read more »
Rdio has long neglected the living room, but now, the music subscription service is getting ready to relaunch its Roku app. Here’s a first look. Read more »
No, you are not crazy. Chrome really did start to auto-play all those YouTube videos, at least for some users. Here’s how to fix it. Read more »
TCL and Hisense are starting to sell their Roku-powered smart TVs. One key difference from the name-brand competition: the new Roku TVs are very cheap. Read more »
Chromecast, meet… Matchstick? The Firefox-OS powered streaming stick may have finally gotten a name, while Mozilla’s Firefox browser is starting to officially support Chromecast. Read more »
Here’s something your cable DVR won’t offer any time soon: Simple.tv now lets you give your friends and family access to your recorded shows and movies. Read more »
Pebble is getting some help from a few key members of the original webOS team. Read more »
The anti-censorship project Lantern wants give users in countries like China and Iran access to blocked websites through a distributed network of proxies. Read more »
Sportscaster ESPN is getting ready to shut down its public API. ESPN’s API team announced this week that it won’t be issuing any new API keys going forward, and that all previously issued API keys are going to be revoked in early December. The move will help the company to “better align engineering resources with the growing demand to develop core ESPN products,” the team said in a blog post. ESPN isn’t the only media company that recently decided to pull the plug on a public API: Netflix announced two months ago that it will shutter its public API in November.
Three out of four of Germany’s internet users already watch videos online, and every sixth user has started to pay for online video services. Read more »
Chromatik wants to help you learn how to play pop songs on the instrument of your choice — and then share the best moments of your practice sessions with friends. Read more »
Microsoft is giving European Xbox One owners a way to watch live TV without paying for cable. Read more »
The NFL would like you to kick back and watch a continuous stream of game highlights, news and long-form content with its new NFL Now app. Read more »
TV viewing is shifting from televisions to mobile devices, which is one reason why Dish plans to launch an internet TV service by the end of this year. Read more »
Sick of the big cable bundle? Luckily, the number of alternatives are growing — and some are coming from the very people who say the bundle isn’t going away. Read more »
Justin.tv was one of the first live video streaming sites. Seven years after its founding and a head of a rumored acquisition, it is shutting down. Read more »
Love History Channel and Lifetime? Then you may be able to watch them on Dish’s upcoming internet TV service — but lots of details are still unclear. Read more »
Rhapsody has acqui-hired the teams behind the two music discovery startups Ex.fm and Soundtracking. Read more »
Fire TV just got a few app updates that target sports fans and kids alike. Read more »
The Killing may have been too depressing for network TV, but thanks to Netflix, the dark and brilliant crime drama is now back for a short final season: All six episodes of season four went live on Netflix Friday. The Killing is not a newbie on Netflix: The streaming service previously collaborated with AMC on the production of season three. But with this season being a Netflix exclusive, you’ll actually get to hear some swear words, according to an interview with executive producer Veena Sud.
XBMC is dead, long live Kodi: The pioneering open source media center project has decided to rename itself. Read more »
Apples $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Audio has been finalized, and Vivendi is getting $404 million of the money. Read more »
Charter wants to use the cloud to give all of its TV customers a new user interface by next year. Are online video apps next? Read more »
Some of Hulu’s free web content is now also available to Android users who don’t pay for Hulu Plus. Read more »
Shazam wants to use your Mac to help you identify every song you hear, be it in a coffee shop or watching YouTube videos at home. Read more »
BitTorrent’s new P2P chat app is dubbed Bleep, and Windows users can now line up to become part of an invite-only test. Read more »
You won’t need a Google+ profile anymore to use Google’s Hangouts video chat, thanks to new updates that aim to make the video conferencing platform more appealing to businesses. Read more »
AT&T has become the third major U.S. ISP to get money for peering with Netflix. Read more »
A new generation of hip-hop artists has been on the forefront of online music innovation, and an upcoming documentary is trying to shed a light on the intersection of hip-hop and technology. Read more »
Apple TV got a few more apps Tuesday, including a CNBC app that offers access to a live stream of the business news network as well as full episodes and clips. Viewers who want to watch CNBC live, or catch up on full shows, do need to sign in with their pay TV account information, which is also true for the newly-added Fox Now app that offers pay TV subscribers access to full episodes of shows like Glee and New Girl. Also added this week: TV 2 Sumo, which is only available in Norway, as well as the LatAm-exclusive subscription sports app Esporte Interativo.
How do streaming services with millions of tracks impact live events? And what about folks that don’t have time for concerts, but still love live music? LiveNation has its very own startup to find answers. Read more »
Spotify competitor Rhapsody is growing its subscription numbers in part due to a new service that’s more like Pandora. So what does that mean for the future of Rhapsody? Read more »
Netflix will launch in Germany and five other European countries this September, and local broadcasters are scrambling to compete. Read more »
Apple is buying the iOS podcast app Swell for $30 million, according to a Recode report. The transaction, which hasn’t been confirmed by either Apple or the Swell team, looks like a talent acquisition, as the app is reportedly being shut down later this week. Swell is one of a number of apps that puts a new spin on podcasts by streaming shows directly to mobile phones and using content recommendations for better discovery.